On Jon Huntsman

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on January 1, 2011

I don’t know if Jon Huntsman, the U.S. ambassador to China, is going to run for President in 2012. I do know that the Republican party could do worse than to nominate him. Huntsman is smart, experienced, and very well versed in the issues of the day. He would make a formidable foe for President Obama come 2012.

But whether or not Huntsman runs, I just want to note that he deserves tremendous amounts of credit for this observation:

Spending two years in China has undoubtedly colored Huntsman’s approach to policy—he discusses at length the urgent need for the U.S. to “deleverage” its economy by exercising fiscal restraint—but it has also influenced his perspective of the domestic political process in general. “When I turn on TV and watch the partisan food fight and the endless gabfest, somewhere deep inside I say, ‘Hallelujah,’?” he says. “In China, they don’t have any of that, and it comes at a great cost.”

Indeed. Perhaps Thomas Friedman would like to take note of Huntsman’s statement.

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